NEWS in brief

74 netted over drug peddling in city

Staff Correspondent

24 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Law enforcers nabbed 74 people in relation to drug abuse and peddling during the ongoing anti-drug operation in the last 24 hours till Thursday morning.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Masudur Rahman said they also recovered 2565 yaba tablets, 95 kg cannabis and 149 bottles of Phensedyl from the possession of the arrestees.

A number of cases under the Narcotics Control Act have been filed against the arrestees, he added.

Despite the fact that law enforcers have stepped up their monitoring along the border areas, smuggling of the deadly yaba tablets into the country is still rampant by land and through the Bay of Bengal touching bordering points in Cox’s Bazar from neighbouring Myanmar, detective sources said. Evading eyes of law enforcers including Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), such dangerous drug items are entering into the country through its different bordering points every day.

More than 400 drug peddlers are running the illegal drug business at about 374 spots across the capital city, according to intelligence sources.

Drug addicts, mostly youngsters including both male and female, gather at different points from afternoon till midnight. Despite law enforcers’ routine and special raids, the situation has remained almost unchanged, as most of the arrested drug dealers get bails and resume their businesses.

According to court sources, the drug paddlers come out of jail due to loopholes in police reports.